Pride of America Cruise Review to Hawaii

Second Mate

7+ cruises


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2 out of 5

It's Norwegian but ... not a lot of American pride here

Sail Date: January 17, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Family w/older children

Room Type: Balcony

Trying to put this in the best light.  The islands are delightful, our excursions were great.  The ship was okay.  Okay as in - we didn't sink.  We had 3 balcony rooms (3 couples) - you'd think they were nice, right?  Nope... the staterooms were Tiny with a capital T.  Yeah, there was a bed and yeah, there was a balcony.  The bathroom was so small that you could sit on the toilet and brush your teeth.  The shower was a cube about 2'x2'.  It was impossible to lean over to wash your feet without bumping your head.  And if you want a bar of soap instead of the dispensers hanging on the wall (shower and sink) you must buy one.  We have sailed Princess, Disney, and Carnival, always getting a balcony stateroom and always having stellar service. Other lines had larger balcony staterooms than this (by far) and all were cheaper - we paid out the nose for these small rooms.  Turns out a Disney cruise to Hawaii is just as cheap and it's longer with better food and bigger staterooms.

And speaking of food, the buffet was an abomination.  Their goal, IMHO, was to drive you to the restaurants, mainly the ones where you have to pay extra. We enjoyed the Cadillac Diner which is a free option. There was a hamburger "stand-alone" on deck 12 that was pretty good but it closed at 6:00 PM.  REALLY?  What good does that do?  We all felt that the food at the buffet was recycled from the previous day. At least it all tasted the same. The dining room (free dining) service was slow and the choices were few.

Our steward was nice but we never saw him except the last night when he came by and made sure we saw him at work - in hopes of a tip beyond the pre-paid.  The crew was quite friendly.overall, but due to the food (or lack thereof) and the miniscule staterooms, we would never go back on this cruise.  After all, I can have bad food and small rooms at home.


Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Children's Programs didn't experience
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Cabin / Stateroom
Teeny Tiny with everything being Teeny Tiny.
Honolulu, Oahu
Kahului, Maui
Hilo, Hawaii
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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Nawiliwili, Kauai


Wish I knew then what I know now. Would have done it differently. There are other cruise lines which go to Hawaii and will treat you better.

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